Simon Martin-Redman, former head of public affairs at accountancy
firm Deloitte and Touche, has joined lobbying firm Ranelagh as managing
A navy officer of 18 years Martin-Redman has been at Deloitte and Touche
for three years. He joined Ranelagh on 10 February but has not yet been
replaced at Deloitte and Touche.
Martin-Redman’s appointment follows the sale of Ranelagh by its founder
and majority shareholder Jonathan Sayeed to Corporate Services Group
Sayeed, a former MP and prospective parliamentary candidate for the safe
Tory seat of mid-Bedfordshire, founded the firm in 1992. The other
shareholders which included James Pawsey, MP for Rugby and Kenilworth
and Dick Tracey, MP for Surbiton, have also sold to CSG.
Martin-Redman is putting together a new board of directors and is soon
to appoint two account directors. He said the firm now has around ten
staff with a fee income of around pounds 500,000 and his intention was
to make the firm more cross-party and eventually include financial PR.
’I believe the days of the political consultancy are dying - you’ve got
to be a one-stop shop,’ he told PR Week.
Although Sayeed works with CSG as chairman of its training division,
Martin-Redman stressed the former MP had no connection with
Nor did the firm have links with any other MPs or peers, he added.
Martin-Redman declined to name any of Ranelagh’s clients, which include
two drug companies, a cancer charity and an investment bank.